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Quick note – this was a styled shoot. A styled shoot is a collaboration of wedding industry professionals used to show chase each vendor’s talents, vision, or service. I had been dying to work with this model couple, and show off the venue that this was hosted at. While this may have been “staged,” everything you see here can be used as actual inspiration for your elopement or wedding.
Part of the services I offer couples is total guidance and planning assistance throughout the stages of their destination wedding or elopement, so it’s pretty important I have vendors to recommend and the ability to take an idea and craft an entire wedding or elopement around it. With the rise of elopements changing the wedding and elopement industry a bit, new venues have surfaced and tons of couples are coming up with unique visions that fit their relationship.
While showing off the vendors and what an elopement could really look or feel like, I also wanted to provide a relaxing, summer evening for everyone to enjoy themselves.
It was a perfect night in Oregon. The rolling hills over the Columbia River were showing off as the sunset behind them, and golen hour was peaking. While everyone was getting ready, we decided to kick our shoes off and feel the cool, soft grass beneath our feet as we ran around The Griffin House to show off it’s real wedding or elopement potential.
There was nothing stopping any of us from having a great time, and that’s what elopements are all about.
Personal freedom and personal expression on your wedding day. After their “vows,” where Phil promised to pick up his laundry and always get enough fries and nuggets from McDonald’s, we lounged around the venue, blasted some music and got our boogie on.
Coordinator: Me! That’s right, I coordinated everything for this shoot from the top to the bottom. The timeline, vendors, date, florals, couple, venue, outfits, jewelry, accesories, and stationeries.
Honestly, this was the first “styled shoot” I had hosted, and I wanted to see what kind of potential I had with being the creative lead on every detail. I’m pretty satisfied with how this elopement style shoot turned out.
Venue: The Griffin House https://www.thegriffinhouse.com/
I have to give The Griffin House a special shout out. Not only does the venue have incredible views, the grounds are very well maintained and family owned. They are some of the sweetest owners I have ever met, and just geniunely caring and giving people. They have a huge variety of wedding and elopement packages to suit the need of any couple, and I’m sure you’d be thrilled to get married there.
Couple: Phil & Em/PhilEmWithLove https://www.instagram.com/philemwithlove/
Phil & Em are both professional, well-rounded individuals. They’re beautiful from the inside out, and clearly have looks to match. They showed up enthusiastic and ready for these killer elopement vibes.
Florals: Fleurae https://www.fleurae.com/
My most-used floral shop based in Olympia, Washington, just 2 hours north of the Columbia River Gorge and Portland, so only a couple of hours from The Griffin House. The owners are kind, accomodating, and I’d trust them with any color scheme or vision. I literally am able to call them anytime, let them know what everyone has in mind and they never fail to impress me.
Stationery: Becker & Co. https://www.instagram.com/beckerandcompany/?hl=en
Ali is incredibly sweet, down to earth, and open minded. Another incredible artist that allowed me to freely give her my vision and she ran with it. I used to work with her a few years ago, and I’m incredibly grateful that we stayed in touch. When I gave her the elopement vibe we were going for, she was all for it. I let her know the colors we were going for and the type of evening it was going to be, and she aligned her stationeries and designs perfectly with the vow books, florals, everything. Jewelry: M.Rose Co https://199maddierose.wixsite.com/mysite
Madeline is an accessory designer based out of Olympia, Washington. Her and I have been working together regularly over the last year or so, and was equally thrilled with the colors and elopement at The Griffin House. Her colors, material, and consistency are always on point, and she’s a huge sweetheart (seeing trends with my vendors yet?).
Coordination assistance and additional photography; Oshen Davidson Photography https://oshendavidson.com/
Oshen and I have gotten to become close friends over the last year. We initially met in a photography education group and realized we lived within a few hours of each other. When I brought up the idea of this styled elopement, she immediately offered to help make the dream come true. There was a lot of moving parts, and she was a very safe sounding board to bounce ideas off of, and provided some great photos as well. Almost all of these photos here are mine, but she did capture a ton for her own purposes as well.
Want to know how to elope in Oregon? Check out this blog post!
Dress: A & BE Bridal Seattle https://aandbebridalshop.com/seattle/bridal-shop
Suit: H&M https://www2.hm.com/en_us/index.html
Tie, Pocket Square, Scarf: Dazi Ties https://www.daziusa.com/